How to become an advisor for new discussion groups
The Knowledge Transfer measure under the Rural Development Programme was recently launched by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
Under the programme, advisors can earn €500 per farmer in their Knowledge Transfer Group.
The Scheme hopes to take in 27,000 farmers and its design has been guided by experiences from previous Dairy Advisory Schemes and Beef and Sheep Discussion Groups and following extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.
How advisors register interest
The Department of Agriculture sought expressions of interest from qualified advisors just recently.
Advisors require NFQ (FETAC) Level 8 (Ag Science/Equine Science or Equivalent) and Indemnity Insurance.
There will be an expression of interest facility whereby advisors can apply for approval to run groups when DAFM announce their commencement.
Advisors can register their interest in participation in the Knowledge Transfer Programme using the following link:
How advisors apply
Department of Agriculture approved advisors can apply for a maximum of five groups across all sectors.
In the event that the number of applications received exceeds the funding available applications will be ranked and selected based on the following eligibility criteria, information on which will be provided by individual advisors.
Approval will issue in writing to successful advisors.